Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joseph Lupica, Ph.D., has been honored as the recipient of the Walsh University’s 2018 Inclusive Excellence Award.
“Dr. Lupica is well-deserving of this award for a number of reasons. His direct, yet supportive, approach when speaking with students about disability-related issues puts student at ease,” said Walsh’s Director of Academic Support Services Meredith Soduk. “Many students are intimidated by the process of speaking to their instructors about their disability-related needs or accommodations. Dr. Lupica’s non-threatening and supportive approach puts students at ease because he recognizes disability as a natural part of the human experience.”
The award was created to honor faculty and staff members who go above and beyond to assist students with disabilities.
During Disability Awareness Week, students registered with Accessibility Services were asked to nominate faculty and staff members that have demonstrated excellence in teaching and/or service provision for students with disabilities. Students had the following to say about this year’s honoree Dr. Lupica:
“He was straightforward about his concerns and cared greatly about my success as a student. With his encouragement and kindness, I was able to face my disability and experience more success academically.”
“Dr. Lupica worked alongside me through the process as I registered with Accessibility Services and supported my academic efforts. I appreciate his dedication to ALL students.”
Each March, Walsh hosts its annual Disability Awareness Week to generate awareness of disability-related issues and to celebrate diversity and inclusion on campus. Activities were held on campus from Feb. 25-March 2 to raise awareness and celebrate students with disabilities. Sponsored by the Offices of Accessibility Services, TEAM, Office of Multicultural Affairs, ASL Club, Brother Edmond Drouin Library, Council for Exceptional Children, International Student Services and Counseling Services, the week hosted many programs to educate students about how to discuss and approach disabilities.
“Supporting diversity and providing equal opportunity for all of our students is an institutional responsibility,” said Soduk. “Our office relies on faculty support in coordinating the delivery of services for students with disabilities. I would like to thank all Walsh University faculty and staff for their continuous efforts in providing an environment of inclusion and support for our 374 students with disabilities.”
A special congratulation to the following faculty members who were also nominated for this year’s award:
Bradley Beach, Chair, Division of Humanities; Professor of Philosophy
Carolyn Embree, Director, General Education Program; Associate Professor of English
Thomas Freeland, Professor of Biology
Steven Harris, Professional Instructor of Mathematics
Nicole Kelly, Adjunct Instructor, American Sign Language
Kelly Mezurek, Associate Professor of History
Jim Smith, Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics